WILLIS, James W.

In Memorial

James W. WILLIS, Age 69.  After 12 courageous years of battling cancer  James passed away Nov. 1 2010 with his family by his side.  Beloved husband of Laura M. (nee Picha). Dear father of James (Veronica), Kim Williams (Scott), Chuck Prell (Polly), Scott (Misty), and Kevin Prell (Linda).  Loving grandfather of 13, great grandfather of 3. Dear brother of Chris (Lisa) and Beverly English (Dennis). Dear uncle, cousin, and friend of many. Funeral Service: Friday, November 5, 10:30 AM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Richfield, Oh. Visitation: Thursday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.

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  1. larry and Pat Kubat on November 2nd, 2010 5:31 pm

    Dear Laura and Family,

    We both are deeply sadden with Jim’s death. We are going to miss him. He was a very good man and we’re glad he married you so we got to know him. Please if anything we can do, please call.

    With our prayers, Love Larry and Pat

  2. Sharon Farris on November 2nd, 2010 7:17 pm

    Laura, I am so sorry for your loss, my heart aches for you. Just know that Jim is free of pain.

  3. Susie Kerrigan on November 3rd, 2010 5:44 am

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of Jim and missed him and wondered about how he was.
    I hope that most of the twelve year battle with cancer was pain free.
    I’m glad that he has a close family who supported him. He often shared great stories of you.
    FCI was his family also for many years.
    I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Jim and for Jim.
    I am grateful to have shared his friendship also, when we did work together.
    I am a Redneck because I filled his cubicle with balloons on his birthday. (You always know you’re a Redneck if…)
    Love to Jim and his family and those who share this great loss.
    Sincerely,

    Susie Kerrigan

  4. Todd Currington on November 3rd, 2010 8:46 am

    Really sorry to hear about Jim’s passing, he was a truely great guy.
    I always enjoyed seeing, talking, & working with him (FCI), he brought many laughs & was always very helpful.
    I hope you can somehow find comfort in this time and that you’ll be OK.
    Todd Currington

  5. Bob Cue on November 3rd, 2010 11:45 am

    On behalf of everyone at Interlock, (FCI), that knew or worked with Jim, he will be missed. He was always full of joy and humor, easy to work with and be around. We all enjoyed having him as a co-worker.

    I am glad that his suffering is over and he is at peace. God bless his family and friends, and keep fond memories of Jim close to your hearts.

    Bob Cue

  6. Lou Erste on November 3rd, 2010 12:08 pm

    Dear Laura,

    It was nice knowing him as I could relate him to all the stories about his father when he worked at Denning Mfg., long, long ago.
    Jim was the kind you could reminiscw with or just enjoy his company.

    I’m glad he came to work at Interlock / FCI.

    And my best to you at this difficult time.

    Lou Erste

  7. Janice & Bruce Abraham on November 3rd, 2010 6:13 pm

    Laura…we are so sadden about Jim’s passing. We will miss him and his unique sense of humor. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. We are so happy that we were all able to be good friends throughout the years. And, we can say it is a “small world” given the fact that my parents and Jim’s parents were great friends as well. Love, Janice and Bruce Abraham

  8. Diane Dean on November 3rd, 2010 7:05 pm

    Dear Laura,

    Knowing firsthand what you are going through my thoughts are most definitely with you & your family. Jim fought an ardous battle,
    enduring many struggles & there comes a time when they become too tired to continue. While it’s emotionally upsetting to us we have to respect what they have been through & now their pain has stopped. Again, speaking from experience, there will come a time when you will find comfort & cherish the years of good times you two shared as Jim will alway remaining in your heart.

    Lots of love, Diane

  9. Debbie Harris (MIMI) on November 3rd, 2010 9:34 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything please call.
    Love Deb

  10. Jackie Cmunt on November 4th, 2010 8:05 am

    Laura & Family,

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May the many great memories you have with your husband/father/grandfather bring smiles to all of your faces during this time of sadness. So sorry to hear of your loss.

    – Jackie Cmunt

  11. Janice & Bruce Abraham on November 4th, 2010 12:01 pm

    Dear Laura,

    Bruce and I are saddened by Jim’s passing. We will miss his unique sense of humor, but will remember the good times we had when we got together with Pat and Larry. We are so glad our friendship has endured all these years.

    And, what a small world. My parents (Janice’s) and Jim’s parents were also friends way back “in the day.”

    Please let us know if there is ever anything we can do for you.

    Love, Bruce and Janice

  12. David Schimmels on November 5th, 2010 6:26 am

    To the Family of James Willis,
    It was a pleasure to work with Jim as a Team Member at FCI. We worked hard, with many good times as we developed and maintained the environmental procedures for ISO 14001 implementation.
    He could always make fun when it got rough.
    I have often thought of him on how he was doing. I hope any pain was short as he battled for so long.

    My best to the family,
    David Schimmels

  13. Stephen King on November 5th, 2010 8:34 am

    Chuck and family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family upon the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

    Stephen and Monika King

  14. Roy Yurick on November 11th, 2010 12:50 pm

    Laura, my thoughts & prayers for you and your family.
    Roy Yurick, Class of ’59

  15. Roy Yurick on November 11th, 2010 12:51 pm

    Laura, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
    Roy Yurick, Class of ’59

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